Guest Room 101: The Versatile Daybed

Humble Abode —  August 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Samples of daybeds and daybeds with trundles

Contemporary daybeds bear little resemblence to the bundles of palm sticks and leaves tied together with rawhide and used by ancient Egyptians. Today’s daybed typically has a decorative back and sides in wood or metal, as well as a comfortable mattress (no box spring required). Traditionally, it works as an everyday couch that becomes a twin bed in smallish spaces.

If your new daybed must do double duty as a comfortable place to stash your parents or grandparents in addition to kids’ sleepovers, then adding a trundle is the way to go.

A pop-up trundle bed doubles the sleeping space at one level to comfortably accommodate an adult couple. A pull-out drawer trundle gives you the option of two twin beds at different levels for alternative sleeping arrangements.

Some trundle beds have a decorative drawer face on the trundle, giving it a cabinetry effect when the trundle is stored beneath the bed. For maximum use of a small bedroom or guest room, you can opt for a trundle bed that has a second row of drawers for storage below the trundle drawer.

Daybeds are generally more traditional in style, but there’s virtually any style available these days to coordinate well with your existing home or room decor. A sampling of the range of contemporary daybed styles is pictured above.

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